Climate Change

Wetland managers face a new set of challenges when addressing the impacts from global climate change. Wetlands are at risk of rapidly declining in quantity and quality due to impacts associated with climate change. However, wetlands also provide an effective strategy for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Sea level rise, carbon sequestration, and invasive species are among the many topics in recent discussions about wetlands and climate change. There is a growing interest among local, state and federal agencies and organizations in regard to the science and development of climate change adaptation plans that incorporate natural resources, including wetlands.  It is ASWM's goal to facilitate a working dialogue and to develop an informative resource on this increasingly important issue.

State Water Agency Practices for Climate Adaptation

State water agencies across the country are starting to integrate climate change considerations into the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act programs they administer.

Short descriptions have been developed of innovative practices that state water agencies are currently implementing to reduce their vulnerability to climate-related impacts and to build resilience to climate change. These select state practices can serve as useful models for other state agencies seeking to make water programs more resilient to climate change. In addition, water resource planners and decision-makers from local and tribal governments and other entities may find these practices to be helpful.

The practices described are the result of a collaborative effort by the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), and the EPA Office of Water. For more information, click here.

Below you will find links for topics related to wetlands and climate change, as well as links for publications, news stories, blogs and other resources.

Sea Level Rise

Carbon Sequestration

Natural & Green Infrastructure

Climate Change Adaptation 

Climate Change Models & Tools

Climate Change Publications

Climate Change News

Other Resources